Parents' Guide to

The Big Picture with Kal Penn

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing, mature show explores statistics, social issues.

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It sounds like a glorified statistics class, but The Big Picture with Kal Penn is a whole lot more fun than sitting in some stuffy college lecture. For starters, having Penn at the helm brings levity to even the most serious of topics and ensures that none of the numbers gets lost in translation to laypersons in the audience. Even complex matters such as pandemic disease are boiled down to facts and figures that the average viewer can understand without breaking a sweat.

But the show doesn't set out to only deliver the facts; it aims to relate each topic to viewers' lives in some way. Think that drug use doesn't affect you? You might be surprised to discover how its ripples can reach your doorstep. Is fantasy football simply a fun pastime? Perhaps, but it's also a booming business in which statistics reign supreme. Even if the subject isn't of particular interest to you, this intriguing show may just win you over with its unique visual presentation of otherwise dusty facts and figures.

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